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Ando Jubei (1876-1953)

Octagonal bowl on a stand c. 1915

Enamel, wood, copper | 11.7 x 22.7 x 22.7 cm (whole object) | RCIN 41530

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The Andō Company perfected an enamelling technique called shōtai-shippō (‘backless enamel’), inspired by French examples. After building up an enamel design around a copper base, the copper was dissolved with acid, leaving a delicate form comprised of semi-transparent panels. A chrysanthemum mon on the bowl’s stand indicates it was associated with the Imperial Household, to which the company was an official supplier.